Why You Should Increase Your Potassium Intake

Why You Should Increase Your Potassium Intake

Potassium is a vital mineral and electrolyte found inside our bodies. 

It helps the body regulate fluid, send nerve signals, and regulate muscle contractions.

There is evidence that potassium can work to lower blood pressure, especially for folks who have a lot of sodium in their diet. 

In an analysis of 33 studies including over 128,000 participants, scientists found that people who ate the most potassium had a 24% lower risk of stroke than people who ate the least

In another study, scientists found those who consumed the most potassium daily had a 51% lower risk of kidney stones

Nutritionists recommend taking in 4,700 mg of potassium a day, but the vast majority of people fall well short of that. 

To help you out, we put together a list of 4 foods packed with potassium

*Spoiler alert* Bananas, which most people turn to for their potassium fix, didn’t make the list. One banana only contains about 9% of your daily value of potassium. 

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